Monday, September 10, 2007
As I told you back in August ... Petraeus believes he can downsize our force in Iraq.
He also reiterated that the surge has worked, and violence in Iraq is down. Some of you may remember some of my previous posts where Petraeus tells you the violence is down, and about Reid lying to everyone on the contents of the "Measuring Stability and Security in Iraq" report. That's when Reid said the surge had failed.
Before Gen. Petraeus was allowed to speak ... he had to listen to a bunch of political rhetoric. Something I'm sure pained him greatly. Don't forget, Petraeus told Congress to shut their mouths back in April because the enemy was listening to them.
You can read some of the Dems' comments here.
You can read the AP article here.
To further illustrate Gen. Petraeus' point that violence is down I have a graph for you of the terrorist attacks in Iraq since 2000.
As you can see, violence is way down in Iraq this year by nearly 2/3. There is still a couple of months left in the year, and the terrorists were very active at the end of last year. However, this year has seen significant improvement in Iraq.
Last year, in Iraq, there were just over 330 terrorist attacks per month. This year, that number has declined to 127 per month.
Furthermore, global terrorism is also way down from last year.
It is important to note that even though terrorist attacks last year were so high ... the entire world, outside if Israel and Iraq, saw a decrease in terrorist activity.
Global terror last year yielded 554 attacks per month. This year, so far, those attacks have declined to 181 per month ... big difference.
You can compile any terrorist data you'd like using the analytic tools at TKB.ORG.